Maria Yuryevna Sharapova ( pronunciation (info / explanation)) (Russian: Шара́пова That Ю́рьевна) (Njagan (Western Siberia), 19 april 1987) is a Russianprofessional tennis player and model. She is regarded as one of the most successful female tennis players of her generation and of the current women's tennis.Sharapova won in 2012 as only tenth player ever the Career Slam, which winning all four Grand Slams means. Beside the tennis court is they are successful: since 2005, Sharapova the world's highest paid female athlete, with an income of $ 25 million a year and she has her own candy brand called Sugarpova.
- 2 Career
- 3 Palmares
- 4 singles performance timeline
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Prices
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The father of Yevgeny Kafelnikov gave Sharapova a racket when she was four years old. When she was six, she was noticed by Martina Navratilova, who persuaded parents to a clay-court coach in the United States to look for. When she was about seven, the family moved to Florida, where Sharapova tennis lessons follow went on theNick Bollettieri 's tennis school.
Sharapova was engaged to NBA-basketball player Sasha Vujačić. This relationship lasted from October 2010 to August 2012.  currently, Sharapova a relationship with the Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov.
In 2004, Sharapova is the second youngest tennis player (after Martina Hingis) ever who won Wimbledon . She was also the first Russian who won the tournament. In the final she defeated defending champion Serena Williams. On 22 August 2005 was Sharapova first on the WTArankings. After a week she was ousted by Lindsay Davenport. On 12 september 2005 , she was first for the second time and this time they retained this ranking six weeks fixed. In 2006 she won her second Grand Slam tournament by in the final of the US Open, Justine Henin in two sets (6-4, 6-4) to beat.
In 2007, Sharapova in the final of the Australian Open. In it, she was 6-1, 6-2 defeated by Serena Williams. Sharapova won the title the following year in Australia, by winning 7-5 and 6-3 to win the higher-seeded Ana Ivanović. In May 2008, Sharapova for the third time in her career number one in women's tennis.  In that same year, Sharapova suffered from her shoulder. As a result, she had to cancel for the Beijing Olympics and the US Open.
Sharapova also had to cancel In 2009 for the Australian Open and other tournaments in the spring. She slumped from ninth place (which she had for her injury) in the world rankings to the 126th. During her comeback on the Warsaw open , she reached the quarter-finals. After this she was 102nd. First clay-court Grand Slam tournament after her comeback was Roland Garros 2009, where they reached the quarter-finals. In it, she was defeated by Dominika Cibulková. In the second round ofWimbledon 2009 she was with 2-6, 6-3 and 4-6 defeated by Gisela Dulko. Her first final since her comeback following the Toronto hardcourts. In it she lost with 4-6 and 3-6 of Elena Dementieva. On 3 October, she reached the final of the Toray Pan Pacific open, where they are an indication of Jelena Janković , 5-2, her first title of 2009 best cash. With the win, she reached the 15th place in the world rankings.
At the 2010 Australian Open in the first round, Sharapova was eliminated by Maria Kirilenko, who reached the quarter-finals. She lost in three sets: 6-7 (4), 6-3, 4-6. On the Memphis International Women's open , she won her 21st title in her career, without setverlies.
On the BNP Paribas Open , she lost in the third round in three sets by Zheng Jie. Sharapova could barely stretch her arm when serving and lost partly because of the last four games of the match. Her right elbow was bruised. They withdrew from the tournament of Miami and Charleston.
During her first match after her elbow injury, she played in the WTA Madrid tournament on clay and lost to Lucie Šafářová. On Roland Garros , she lost in the third round by Justine Henin. Henin won the first set, Sharapova the second. They left the course by darkness. The next day came Sharapova 2-0 and 0-40 on the service of Henin, but still lost with 2-6, 6-3, 3-6.
During the preparation for Wimbledon Sharapova pulled out the final of the tournament in Birmingham, which they lost to the higher-seeded Li Na. On Wimbledon 2010 she came to the fourth round. Against defending champion Serena Williams ended the first set in a tiebreaker and got Sharapova three set point, but Williams won. Who had afterwards to one break in the second set to win enough to the party.
Sharapova was preparing for at the u.s. Open at Stanford. They won in straight sets by Jie Zheng and Olga Govortsova and defeated Elena Dementieva in the quarterfinals after three sets in 2 hours and 47 minutes.They then defeated Agnieszka Radwańska to advance to the final. In it she lost in straight sets by Victoria Azarenka.
Sharapova defeated on the Cincinnati open Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round in 2 hours and 12 minutes, 6-4 1-6 6-2. Sharapova won in straight sets In the second round by Andrea Petković. After she defeated Agnieszka Radwańska for the second time in a year, making them went through to the quarter-finals. They reached the semifinals by Marion Bartoli , 6-1 6-4 to beat and her her fifth final of the year after beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in 2.5 hours. In the rain interrupted final played Sharapova against Kim Clijsters. Sharapova won the first set with 6-2 and gave up in the second set 5-3. They had three match points, but not utilized. At a stand of 5-3 and 40-40 party was shut down. After waiting for more than an hour, the game was resumed, Sharapova lost to both the second and third set: 6-2 6-7 2-6.
Sharapova began the year on the Auckland tournament, where she reached the quarter-finals. In it she lost as number one of the placement list of the veteran Player Gréta Arn: 6-2, 7-5. Arn later won the tournament.
On the Australian Open she defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn in the first round in two sets, 6-1 and 6-3. Virginie Razzano In the second round was not against Sharapova cope. Also her third round match against Julia Görges won them. Sharapova lost in the fourth round of Andrea Petković: 6-2 and 6-3. Reaching the fourth round was for Sharapova her best showing, since her title win in 2008.
Sharapova In March reached the semifinal of the Indian Wellstournament. She lost in it from the world number one Caroline Wozniacki. During the tournament of Miami defeated Sharapova among other Samantha Stosur on her way to the final. She lost In the final of the higher-seeded Victoria Azarenka.
At Madrid 's tournament she lost still of Dominika Cibulková in the third round, but the Rome 2011 ladies open clay-court season meant 23rd title in her career. In the final she defeated clay specialist Samantha Stosur , 6-2 and 6-4. Earlier in the tournament she defeated world number one Caroline Wozniacki (7-5, 6-3) and Shahar Peer (6-2, 6-2). This was the tournament's top clay-court clay title until they would win Roland Garros 2012 .Sharapova during Roland Garros 2011
In preparation for the third Grand Slam tournament of 2011, would be Sharapova the WTA Birmingham tournament play. She had to withdraw, however, because she was ill. At Wimbledon , she reached for the first time since 2004 and without setverlies the final. She lost in two sets (6-3, 6-4) by Petra Kvitová.
In preparation for the US Open, Sharapova played the Stanford International Women's open, her first tournament after Wimbledon. She defeated Daniela Hantuchová in the second round and reached the quarter-finals. In it, she was defeated by Serena Williams.
During the tournament, Sharapova had Toronto 's because of her place on the seating list, a bye in the first round. Her tweederondepartij was against the Serbian Bojana Jovanovski. She defeated her opponent, 6-1, 7-5. In the third round game against Sharapova had to the Kazakh Galina Voskobojeva. Sharapova played a moderate party and had a lot of trouble with her service. They therefore lost, 3-6 and 5-7.
Her last tournament for the U.s. Open was the tournament by Cincinnati. She was admitted to the tournament with a wild card, because they at the last minute decided to play the tournament. She was placed fourth. In the first round, but she had a byein the second round they had to play against Anastasia Rodionova, from Australia. They easily won the party with 6-1 and 6-3. In the third round, she played against her compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova. She won the party with 6-2 and 6-3 and reached the quarter-finals. She was, In that quarter-final for the ninth time in her career, too strong for Samantha Stosur. They brightened the job in two sets, 6-3 and 6-2. In the semifinal she played again against a compatriot. This time it was the world number two Vera Zvonareva. She lost her first set in the tournament, 6-2. Despite this poor start she won the party twice, with 6-3. By that party to win, reached the final for the second year in a row. They played against a former world number one,Jelena Janković. It was a party that many service-breaks in depth (up to 16), but Sharapova served well when it was important. She won in three sets, 4-6, 7-6 (3) and 6-3. This ensured that Sharapova had a score of 10-0 in terms of driesets matches in 2011, and that they conquered the fourth spot on the world rankings.
Sharapova played no tournaments in early 2012, because they have not yet recovered from an ankle injury that she sustained in 2011 during the Toray Pan Pacific open. On the Australian Open knew Sharapova to reach the final by Sabine Lisicki, and Angelique Kerber beat Petra Kvitová . In that final, she got the chance to win her fourth Grand Slam tournament (her second at the Australian Open) and to reset the number to be one of of the world. She played this final against Victoria Azarenka, who likewise at profit the "number one"-position when women's tennis would conquer. Sharapova began strongly to the party, but after a lead in the first set, she scored no game more. They lost 3-6 and 0-6.Sharapova on the Indian Wells hardcourts 2012
Sharapova played in Paris her second tournament of the year. She was placed first, but lost in the quarter-finals Angelique Kerber. She reached her second final at the Indian Wells tournament. In that final, she played again against the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka. However, this final she lost 1-6, 4-6. A week later Sharapova for the third time in the season in a major final, namely on the tournament of Miami. Just like her previous two finals they lost this, this time by the Polish Agnieszka Radwańska.
For the beginning of the clay court season had Sharapova rested for several weeks. Her first appearance on the crushed brick was the Stuttgart tournament. Sharapova, who made an impression by her improved footwork and her successful service, won the tournament. In the final she defeated the number one in the world Victoria Azarenka. Earlier in the tournament she had gravel specialists and Samantha Stosur defeated Petra Kvitová .
She won her second title of the season on the tournament of Rome. Sharapova extended her title of 2011. They had however a tricky draw. They won by, among others, Ana Ivanović (13), Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber (12) and Li Na (8).
At the start of the gravel-Grand Slam tournament Roland Garros Sharapova could therefore look back at her most successful clay season ever. Many regarded her as favourite for the title. That would be a great achievement, since they then a Career Slam (during the career win all grand slam tournaments at least once) would achieve. Sharapova reached the semi-finals, in which she pretty simple for the third time this season by beating the Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová. Sharapova served her groundstrokes well and took care of many problems when the Czech. Sharapova won twice 6-3. With the win, she was, for the fifth time in her career, the number one in the world, while Victoria Azarenka of the throne offensive.
They played In the final against Sara Errani, the surprise of the tournament. Errani retired include former champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanović and won in the semifinal of Samantha Stosur. Sharapova started well to the final, came up with a 4-0 lead and won the first set with 6-3, in 36 minutes. The second set went in the initial phase just like the first. Sharapova came for a double break and served at 5-2 for that one missing, major title. In the face of the defeat Errani played still some fine points, but Sharapova utilized her third game point.
Sharapova is the tenth player who has won the four grand slam tournaments – four of the ten date from before the open era: Maureen Connolly, Doris Hart, Shirley Fry and Margaret Court. The five who preceded her in the open era , are Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams.
Sharapova took no warm up in January in Australia, and jumped straight into the Australian Open. She reached the semifinal, and was eliminated by Li Na. In February she took part in the Premier Five-tournament in Doha. Also here was the semi-finals her end station; She was eliminated by Serena Williams. In March she played her best tennis at thePremier Mandatory-tournament from Indian Wells. Although she was once again placed second behind Azarenka, she knew to conquer her 28th WTA singles title here.Thereby they rose from third to second place in the world rankings. After the Indian Wells tournament earnings put Sharapova her good series. She lost the final of the Premier Mandatorytournament of Miami -of American Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 0-6. The next tournament they played was the tournament of Stuttgart where she successfully defended her title of 2012 by defeating Li Na in two sets. At the Madrid open, Sharapova reached the final but lost by Serena Williams1-6, 4-6. Sharapova reached the quarterfinals InRome , but had to go through disease a walk-about ' give it to her opponent Sara Errani. On the Grand Slam tournament Roland Garros Sharapova reached the final just as previous year. She lost in it, just like in Madrid, of the American Serena Williams. The party lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes. It was 6-4, for the American twice.
After the clay season, Sharapova just three games. At Wimbledon, she lost in the second round, surprisingly, by Michelle Larcher de Brito from Portugal. In that party, Sharapova walked on Court 2, an injury to her groin. In the second half of 2013 to Sharapova announced her new trainer: tennis legend Jimmy Connors, winner of 8 Grand Slam titles. Partly because of the injury that she sustained times Wimbledon, clay-court tournament next tournament was only the Cincinnati. They all lost there in the second round. This time of the young, talentedAmerican Sloane Stephens, who in the beginning of the season, still reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open.
That loss against Stephens marked the end of the season for Sharapova, since they in the weeks afterwards again had her shoulder: an injury that her loved on the side for quite some time in 2009. She had to because of the last Grand Slam tournament, the US Open, the year's Miss. Also she announced that collaboration ended early with her new coach Connors , because he for Sharapova "not the right coach in the current phase of her career". Sharapova on the WTA tournament of Rome
In preparation for the first Grand Slam tournament in 2014, played Sharapova the WTA tournament of Brisbane. She reached the semifinal, for the 15th time in her career in which she lost to Serena Williams. On the Australian Open in the fourth round, Sharapova was already turned off by the later finalist Dominika Cibulková. It was 6-3, 4-6, 1-6. In the following weeks played Sharapova the Hardcourt-tournament of Paris (indoor), Indian Wells and Miami. With only one final place-losing finalist in Miami-Sharapova lost many points for the world rankings and threatened at the start of the clay season out of the top-10 of the world to fall. However, by her third tournament win in a row-a inicum in her career-in Stuttgart they consolidated its place in the top-10. In the subsequent tournament of Madrid and Rome, lost to Sharapova but one party. In Madrid defeated Sharapova as many as three players from the global top-5- Li Na (2), Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarterfinals (3) in the semifinal and Simona Halep (4)-on the way to the 31st WTA title in her career. In Rome she lost by Ana Ivanović, in quarterfinals: 1-6, 4-6.
On Roland Garros Sharapova began as ' outsider ' for the title, but by the early elimination of, among others, Li Na (first round) and Serena Williams (second round) was Sharapova soon the favorite for the title in Paris. She made the expectations and won, after the very tough sides in the fourth round (vs. Samantha Stosur: 3-6, 6-4, 6-0), quarter final (vs. Garbine Muguruza: 1-6, 7-5, 6-1) and semi-final (vs. Eugenie Bouchard: 4-6, 7-5, 6-2), a blistering final of the Romanian Simona Halep, who in her first Grand Slam final.  it was the second longest ever women's final in Paris. Sharapova won the first set (6-4) and came for an early break in the second, but lost this set yet, despite her early lead and a 5-3 lead in the tiebreaker. In the third set seemed to take the party, Halep but Sharapova knew a ' break ' on 1-2 avoid. From that moment it embarked Sharapova on profit of her second title (in three years) in Paris. She won the final set 6-4. The gains in Paris meant her fifth Grand Slam title. Among active players, only Venus (7) and Serena Williams (17) won more Grand Slam titles than Sharapova, in singles. Surprising was that Sharapova won the French Open twice, of all things. She won all the Grand Slam tournaments already once, but that they be the first Roland Garros Grand Slam wins twice is striking, as it was previously seen gravel as her least-favorite surface. 
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- Sharapova is known for her hard moans during matches. At Wimbledon 2005 they produced during a match in 101 dB, about the volume of a short distance observed siren of a police car. 
- Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Newcomer of the Year
- WTA Player of the Year
- WTA Most Improved Player of the Year
- ESPY Best Female Tennis Player
- Russia's best female tennis player in the year 2005
- Master of Sports of Russia
- Prix de Citron Roland Garros
- Russia's best female tennis player in the year 2006
- Whirlpool 6th Sense player of the year
- ESPY Best Female Tennis Player
- ESPY Best International Female Athlete
- ESPN Hottest Female Athlete
- Athlete of the month January 2008, appointed by the United States Sports Academy, for her performance in the Australian Open
- ESPY Best Female Tennis Player
- WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player
- WTA Humanitarian Of The Year
- WTA Most Fashionable Player (On Court)
- WTA Most Fashionable Player (Off Court)
- WTA Most Dramatic Expression (2010)
- ESPY Best Female Tennis Player